Apr. 14th, 2016

"Two years or even a year ago it could never have happened, for then if nothing else there had always been a topic in the outrageous state of the nation. 'How do you like this Oppenheimer business?' one of them would demand, and the others would fight for the floor with revolutionary zeal. The cancerous growth of Senator McCarthy had poisoned the United States, and with the pouring of second or third drinks they would begin to see themselves as members of an embattled, dwindling intellectual underground. Clippings from the Observer or the Manchester Guardian would be produced and read aloud, to slow and respectful nods; Frank might talk wistfully of Europe--'God, I wish we'd taken off and gone there when we had the chance'--and this might lead to a quick general lust for expatriation: 'Let's all go!' (Once it went as far as a practical discussion of how much they'd need for boat fare and rent and schools, until Shep, after a sobering round of coffee, explained what he'd read about the difficulty of getting jobs in foreign countries.)" --Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

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